The world’s biggest, most powerful space telescope arrived at its observation post 1 million miles from Earth on Monday
On command, the James Webb Space Telescope fired its rocket thrusters for nearly five minutes to go into orbit around the sun at its designated location
The mirrors on the $10 billion observatory still must be meticulously aligned
the infrared detectors sufficiently chilled and the scientific instruments calibrated before observations can begin in June.
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But flight controllers in Baltimore were euphoric after chalking up another success.
"We’re one step closer to uncovering the mysteries of the universe. And I can’t wait to see Webb’s first new views of the universe this summer!” Nasa Administrator
The telescope will enable astronomers to peer back further in time than ever before, all the way back to when the first stars and galaxies were forming 13.7 billion years ago.
That's a mere 100 million years from the Big Bang, when the universe was created.
Besides making stellar observations, Webb will scan the atmospheres of alien worlds for possible signs of life.